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Ability, location and household demand for Internet bandwidth

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  • Savage, Scott James
  • Waldman, Donald M.

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This paper examines consumer preferences for Internet bandwidth, focusing on technical ability and urban/rural location as sources of preference heterogeneity. An economic model is outlined that shows that ability decreases the effective price of bandwidth. As a result of this decrease, part of the total effect of an increase in ability will always be an increase in the demand for bandwidth. The implication is empirically investigated with an econometric approach that overcomes the limitations of the aggregated data that is currently available to describe consumer preferences. Results show that high-ability, urban consumers are willing to pay a substantive monthly premium for an improvement in bandwidth relative to rural consumers.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 166-174

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Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:27:y:2009:i:2:p:166-174

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Keywords: Ability Digital divide Internet bandwidth Location;

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  1. Dolente, Cosimo & Galea, John Joseph & Leporelli, Claudio, 2010. "Next Generation Access and Digital Divide: Opposite Sides of the Same Coin?," 21st European Regional ITS Conference, Copenhagen 2010: Telecommunications at new crossroads - Changing value configurations, user roles, and regulation 9, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
  2. Khanal, Aditya R. & Mishra, Ashok K., 2013. "Assessing the Impact of Internet Access on Household Income and Financial Performance of Small Farms," 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida 143019, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  3. Srinuan, Chalita & Bohlin, Erik, 2011. "Understanding the digital divide: A literature survey and ways forward," 22nd European Regional ITS Conference, Budapest 2011: Innovative ICT Applications - Emerging Regulatory, Economic and Policy Issues 52191, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).
  4. Lyons, Seán, 2012. "Timing and Determinants of Local Residential Broadband Adoption: Evidence from Ireland," Papers WP432, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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